I am culprit of not resting enough. I like moving and I don’t like standing still. Sometimes I get twitchy and all I want to do is work out. It is a phenomenal outlet for angst or pent up energy. It is perhaps the most critical part of my daily routine. I know I am healthy when I have a good flow of energy. Eating, talking and working out are critical to maintaining my creative and productive flow. At times I feel like I can keep going but I know I should rest. If I choose the latter my energy flow often feels hindered.
I feel like I sleep a lot for a college student – usually between 7-9 hours. Sleep is never something I have been able to function without. Perhaps this is how my body rests, by demanding steady sleep and supplemental naps, and not via taking off one day a week. Getting stronger, getting faster, hitting endorphins is addictive. It’s a real easy way to control your own good feelings and to practice moving through mental and physical obstacles. I need my daily dose of this challenge.
How do you reconcile your gravitation towards the gym with prescribed down time? I like moving, I like working and I don’t want to stop. Perhaps cross training is a way to have a balance of rest and flow. If I differentiate what I am doing from day to day than I stay on my exercise routine, but I let different muscles and pathways rest on different days.